May
12
2010

Help! I'm Stuck! by Jeanne Bessette


O.k. let's face it. We all get stuck. It's panic time and we feel like we will never make another worthy piece of art as long as we live. Or even worse, we insist on working in this energy and every piece we touch turns to garbage. It can sometimes go on for days, weeks even.

"Seriously?"

Even the most successful artists have blocks...just can't move.
Sigh. What to do what to do...clean the studio? Stare at the canvas? Make mud?
Do nothing...at least at first. Take a deep breath. The times that we can't seem to be creative are just nature's way of making you rejuvenate. Your creative juices have not dried up, they are refilling. Compare it to driving across the country and expecting your car to make the whole trip without refilling the tank. It's not possible.


So...breathe, forgive yourself, drink water, go for a run, buy new golf shoes, take a bath, whatever it takes to relax...once you calm your nerves and you find your center, you can make a plan and reenter the studio. Here are just a few ideas when you get there.

Maybe you need some new intentions to get the paint flowing again. Try painting funky words like constipation or trapped. What colors would you use? Would the painting have tension? What does tension look like? Use only one color and black and white to create a monochromatic painting. Turn it upside down. Paint some more. Paint with only your fingers. Feel the oozy juicy paint squish on your skin. Feel the roughness of the canvas. Are you getting the idea? Play!!!! With paint!!!!

The idea is to not be so serious. You are refilling your creative tank. You are PLAYING. We forget to play and that is where creativity lives and breathes.
Paint to one song; create a painting that tells the story of the song. Play it again, paint some more. Don't take yourself so seriously. Laugh at your art. Make a goofy painting just for fun that no one will look at. Create a painting imagining you are a five year old. Five-year-olds make beautiful paintings because they play. They paint outside the lines and color skies pink. They dance and sing.
Cut out words from a magazine and paste them on the canvas. Create a message. Now paint the message. Paint outside. Breathe the fresh air (reserved for warmer weather).
Whatever you do, do not try to make a great painting. Just paint for the fun of painting.

So...next time you are blocked, stuck or in a funk...PLAY PLAY PLAY...
Next thing you know, you'll be creating again and you never saw it coming. I promise.
See you in the studio!

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